June 19, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh government has begun the process to get UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for Godavari Mangroves at Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, near Kakinada.


  • Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary has the second largest stretch of mangrove forests in India with 24 tree species. 

  • Now, the Andhra Pradesh government has constituted a seven-member committee for fulfilment of norms required for proposing the Godavari Mangroves (Mada forests), at Coringa, as World Heritage Site to the UNESCO. The committee will be headed by IFS officer Dr Shanti Priya Pandey. 

  • Once the Coringa sanctuary gets the heritage site tag, UNESCO will help develop tourism and protect the wildlife in the mangroves. 

  • The government has also sent a proposal to the Centre for identifying the mangroves as a Ramsar Site, a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. 

  • The sanctuary also has an 18-km-long sand pit where olive ridley sea turtles nest from January to March every year. 

Source : The Hindu